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“One Water” Narrated by Martin Sheen Makes TV Debut August 2 on Planet Green Channel

UM documentary about the global water crisis is part of Planet Green's BLUE AUGUST programming

Coral Gables, FL. (July 19, 2010) – The film “One Water” narrated by actor Martin Sheen, a fascinating look at the global fresh water crisis, makes its television premiere on August 2 at 9 p.m. E.D.T. on the Discovery Network's Planet Green as part of the channel’s BLUE AUGUST programming. Hosted by Philippe and Alexandra Cousteau, BLUE AUGUST features compelling water-themed programming throughout the month of August.

“One Water” produced by the University of Miami’s School of Communication, College of Engineering and School of Music will also broadcast at 12 a.m. and 4 p.m. E.D.T. Tuesday, August 3, and at 1 a.m. and 10 p.m. E.D.T. on Saturday, August 7 on the Planet Green Channel. Please check your local listings for station number.

Filmed locally and in 15 countries, “One Water” (www.onewater.org) explores the human relationship with water on a global scale. Through moving images and a vibrant score composed by Thomas Sleeper and performed in part by the Russian National Orchestra, the documentary shows how people from India to Ecuador, Hungary to Kenya, and China to the United States struggle to obtain water for their most basic needs, while the more fortunate squander this precious resource as they fight for control of water resources. The film also highlights how the global water crisis is becoming more aggravated by population growth and climate change and compromises the future of all life on the planet.

“We can no longer ignore the perilous state of our planet’s fresh water resources,” said Sam L Grogg,” dean of the University of Miami’s School of Communication who is the executive producer of the documentary.  “This film is dedicated to reminding all of us that the future of humanity is completely dependent upon the future of our water.”

    • A woman and child carry jugs of water in a desert scene from "One Water"
    • A woman and child carry jugs of water in a desert scene from "One Water"

“We are excited about the telecast of “One Water” on Planet Green because it will reach audiences that are most likely unaware of the water crisis facing the world,” added award-winning filmmaker Sanjeev Chatterjee, vice dean of UM’s School of Communication and the writer, producer and director of “One Water.” "Our movie asks audiences questions and encourages them to become involved.”

Planet Green officials noted that “One Water” is the first documentary the channel has aired originated by an academic institution – the University of Miami. 

“One Water is consistent with the mission of BLUE AUGUST to educate viewers on global water related issues,” said Laura Michalchyshyn, president and general manager of Planet Green. “The recent tragic events in the Gulf underscore the need for protection of the earth’s waterfronts.”

“One Water” is a collaboration between many schools and talents at the University of Miami, including the School of Communication, College of Engineering, Frost School of Music and School of Education.  

The documentary has influenced individuals and organizations to build new efforts for clean water. A major initiative by the School of Education and the South Florida Water Management District is “Knowater,” an educational curriculum for teachers, students and museum educators available for free download at http://knowater.org/. Another is the internationally-recognized water awareness blog, www.1h2o.org, by former New York Times reporter and foreign correspondent Joseph B. Treaster, a Knight Center Chair.

Since the documentary was completed in 2008, it has garnered numerous awards, including  Winner, Best Documentary at The Northern Ireland International Film Festival, Prize Winner, Ecovision, Palermo, Italy and Winner, Cinemambiente, Turin, Italy. “One Water” was screened at the United Nations’ Commission on Sustainable Development.

Ali Habashi, UM director of the Arnold Center for Confluent Media Studies, served as co-director and editor of the film. UM School of Communication Professor Ed Talavera was director of photography and Thomas Sleeper of UM Frost School of Music also composed and conducted the orchestra that recorded a portion of the music for the film. Harry Clein was co-executive producer.
The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation provided substantial funding for the making of the documentary.

*Editors note: In the Miami area, Comcast offers Planet Green on channel 113. DIRECTV subscribers tune into channel 286, also available in HD. DISH Network, channel 194, and AT&T U-verse subscribers tune into channel 465 of 1465 for HD).

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